Monthly Archives: February 2013

How to stop procrastinating and get what you want

Since this is the last blog post of the month, and I’ve been posting about time management, I thought I would end this series of posts with an idea to really get you moving forward fast.

It’s human nature to procrastinate.  We put things off for many reasons, but the main reason we put off the big things, such as a lifestyle change (even when it’s positive!), is that we fear it.  You may dream of living a fabulous lifestyle with a beautiful home, a fancy car, two or more exotic vacations a year, and/or whatever else you desire, but deep down you actually fear achieving that goal and so you come up with ways to procrastinate.  That way, it can seem like you’re working toward it, but you never actually do.  What you’re doing is just busy work that never gets you anywhere.  Sound familiar?  I understand because I’ve been there too!

It’s easy to wish for something better.  Wishing and dreaming are cheap.  They don’t cost you anything.  It’s when you move past this stage and decided to take action that you pay the price.  That price may be time, or money, or factoring in a learning curve and making a few mistakes along the way, but no matter what you want or do in life there is a price to be paid.  Once you realize that, you can begin to put things into perspective.

You see, there is also a price to be paid for procrastination – and it’s a heavy one!  Ask yourself what it’s costing you to put off your goals and your dreams.  Make a list.  You don’t have to write anything down on paper.  Just do a mental checklist of all the things you really want out of life for yourself and your family, and then ask yourself if procrastinating is really worth the cost of not having those things.  If you continue to put things off, chances are you’ll never have those things you desire.  You’ll continue to exist from day to day, just as you are now and little or nothing will change.

This exercise is a good motivator because it helps you face reality.  So often we get caught up in the day to day minutia and we feel bogged down.  Putting off the things we need to do to move toward our goals becomes easy.  There’s always tomorrow.  But someday you’ll run out of tomorrows.  Will you have the same energy and drive ten years from now that you do today?  How about five years from now?  And how fast does five years go by?  You know the answer – in a flash!

Once you see what procrastination is costing you, you can then ask yourself which is the greater cost – your procrastination or working toward your goals.

But, you also need to look at the payoff of each as well.  There is a payoff for procrastination.  Procrastinating is safe.  It feels better to stay in your box than to step outside of it into the unknown.  Taking action and moving toward your goals can feel scary and unsettling.  But, once you get started you’ll soon find that you have a real sense of accomplishment, and you’ll find that you can tackle pretty much anything the comes your way.

To sum it up – you need to first look at what procrastinating is costing you vs. what taking action toward your goals is going to cost you.  Then, look at the payoff of each.  I think you’ll find that you just can’t sit still any longer.  You will have the desire and the drive to move forward and start achieving your goals, and you will want to get going right now!

And here’s an extra tip for you – don’t feel like you have to take big leaps to get you to the finish line.  Just take it one step at a time, but keep going and keep doing and you’ll soon find that you have what you want.  Then, you’ll be able to look back and realize that it really wasn’t that tough after all!

To your riches!

Kim Hillman

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Why You Don’t Want To Be Like This Guy And How To Avoid His Fate

I have a friend whose husband hates his job.  He’s a nice guy and very responsible – always shows up for work on time, rarely ever takes a day off even when he’s sick, plays by the rules and is generally easy to get along with.  In short, he’s a great employee.  Too bad his boss can’t see that.

The boss treats all his employees the same way – he’s the boss, they’re the grunts, and that’s the way it is.   It’s not personal since he treats everyone with the same amount of disrespect, but it feels personal to the one whose turn it is to deal with the boss.

You might wonder why someone would stay in a place where they’re treated like that.  Actually, the ones who stay consider themselves lucky.  Most people don’t last long there.  The boss fires them before they ever have the chance to quit.

Now, I hate to see someone who is miserable with their job.  There are so many employment choices available these days that it just doesn’t make sense to stay in a job for the sake of a paycheck.  And so I offered some ideas to this man on three separate occasions.

The first idea was for him to change jobs and find something else he would like better.  He replied that he had thought about changing jobs for some time, but with the economy the way it is there were no better jobs available.  Hmmmm….

My next idea was for him to go into business for himself.  I gave him a business idea and told him I knew someone else doing a similar thing and making very good money.  But, he was concerned about the amount of money he would need to get started, and so he didn’t take me up on that idea.   Ok.  Let’s see what’s behind door number three.

The third and last idea I gave this guy was for another business he could start that would require very little or even no start-up cash, and he could reap very big paydays.  But he told me his boss was already dabbling in this particular business and he wasn’t having much success.

Do you see a pattern here?  This man had an excuse for why each idea wouldn’t work without ever having tried.  And with the first idea I gave him, which I felt should have been intuitive, he hadn’t made a decision on for quite some time, and now he feels it’s too late.  Bad economy equals no jobs.  None.  Zero.  Zip.  Nada.  No jobs for him.  Period.

What can you take away from this story?  First of all, don’t delay when you need to make a decision.  Take a little time to think about it, and then take action – whatever that action might be.  It might be to do something right now, it might be to shelve an idea for later, but make a decision as to what you are going to do because indecision will kill your ideas, your business, and ultimately your dreams.

And second, don’t make excuses.  This guy had one excuse after another and because of that he’s still working in that crappy job where he’s under- appreciated, and that’s putting it mildly.  He is unwilling to strive for something better because he doesn’t think there is anything better to strive for.

Don’t let that be you!  If you haven’t decided to write that first booklet yet, make a decision!  You can decide to do it and start the ball rolling toward some great things for yourself (including a new stream of income), or you can decide not to do it and nothing will change.  It’s your decision, but you should at least make that decision.  You owe yourself that.

People who make excuses don’t make money.   So, what do you think?  Are you ready to get started on that booklet?

To your riches,

Kim Hillman

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The problem with being your own boss and how to solve it

Have you ever noticed that starting is always tomorrow, but never right now?  There are plenty of excuses that we can all come up with for not doing something – especially right now.  But, what if you stopped making those excuses and just did it?   How would your life be different right now?

Writing is one of those things that is easy to put off – even when you enjoy it.  It’s easy to put off because you can do it anytime, anywhere.   It just doesn’t seem as pressing as the deadlines you once had nor as exciting as lunch with the guys from the office where you once worked.

This is the problem with being your own boss and working on your own schedule.  You don’t have someone else to give you those deadlines anymore, and if anything is going to get done it’s going to be up to you.

One way to make sure that you get your work started each day is to create a schedule for yourself.  It doesn’t need to be rigid, and you can always break it when you need to.  But, having a work schedule will help you get in the mood and feel like working because that is what you do at that time every day.

Another way to make sure you get something done each day is to create daily goals for yourself.  Decide the day before what you need to accomplish the next day, and write those goals down.  This gives you a list to work from the next day so you can see exactly what you need to do.

Both of these methods work, and it’s a very good idea to use them together.   That way you not only have a schedule for your work day, but you know exactly what you’re going to do during your working hours.  It’s the same kind of structure you had at the office, only now there’s no boss to answer to!  And you don’t have to ask for a day off.  If you want a day off, you can schedule it in!

To your riches!

Kim Hillman

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Stuck? Here’s how to move forward…

Did you know that the month of February is time management month?  This is the perfect opportunity to discover new ways to make better use of your time so you can accomplish more and get to your goals faster!  And, that’s exactly what I’ll be focusing on here on the blog this month!

So, let’s jump right in!  Today I want to talk to you about gaining your focus.  This is really important because this one skill can help you in every area of your booklet publishing business.

Gaining your focus really has to do with paring down your choices.  For example, you want to market your booklet online but there are so many ways to do it that it overwhelms you.  Where do you start?

Your first step is to look at all of your choices and consider each of them.  If there seems to be an endless list, maybe you can categorize the choices and just consider each category.  In the case of our example, this might include things like paid advertising, social media, etc.

Next, as you consider each choice or category, you should single those out that are not feasible for you either due to financial constraints, time constraints, or other reasons why you would be unable to do them.  Some of these things you might never do, while others may be right for you at another time.

Now, look over the choices you have left.  If you still have an overwhelming amount of choices go back through steps one and two again – until you’ve narrowed it down to just a handful of options.

Finally, after you have narrowed it down, look the list over again and choose the one thing that you can finish quickly, within your means, and that will give you the most for your time, effort, and if applicable your money.  Don’t worry about the choices that are left.  Once you have completed your first task you can choose another item from your list.

Why is this so important?  Because often we find ourselves staring at so many choices that we freeze up.  We forget to gain our focus and zero in on just one thing.  Our minds go wild with all kinds of scenarios and possibilities, making it impossible to accomplish anything.  This is why so many people make wishes that never come true.  They don’t know where to start.  They either don’t know where to find the information they need, or they have the information and it overwhelms them.  They wonder how they can do it all, so they don’t do anything.

Next time you’re faced with an overwhelming amount of options remember these steps and pare them down.  Having one final option will give you clarity and a direction to move forward.  It will make the difference between getting something done or staying stuck right where you are!

To your riches!

Kim Hillman

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